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Easy tips for Eco-Friendly Car Care

Last updated on February 1, 2019 at 06:30 pm

Plymouth Rock Assurance knows that many drivers are switching to fuel-efficient vehicles to help save the environment and their money. This is great news, but there is even more we can do to keep our cars green than just using less gas.

Car care, in the past, was reliant on heavy chemicals and cleaning agents that were damaging to the planet. Abrasive cleaning products often contain chemical agents, surfactants, and solvents that could pollute the local water supply and run-off while washing a car.

Today, there are many alternatives to the traditional “Sunday car wash” in the driveway — the most obvious being a professional car wash. Although most car wash establishments still use chemicals that can be harmful to the environment, federal and state law have strict regulations about car wash operations. These regulations, like the Clean Water Act, require car washes to recycle and reuse their water—helping to eliminate polluted water run-off. It is also in the best interest of car wash establishments to conserve water, so many professional car washes have nozzles that control the efficiency of water consumption. Keep in mind that the “vacuum only” option for the interior of your car is another way to remain green by avoiding chemical car fresheners and cleaners.

If you are not able to use or find a suitable professional car wash, consider these eco-friendly tips for car care at home:

  • There are now alternatives to traditional detergents, cleaners, and soaps. Some manufacturers are using better technology to create “no-rinse” wash and shine products. These products require only two gallons of water per wash and no longer require the rinse phase of the car wash—saving water and eliminating harmful run-off. There are even “waterless” car care cleaners that are becoming more widely available to the public.
  • A lot of us spend many hours in our car each week and want to keep the inside looking clean as well. To spruce up your windows, create a homemade window cleaner using two cups of water, a half cup of white vinegar, and a few drops of lemon juice for a pleasant smell. You can apply this cleaner with a lint-free cloth and your windows will shine without the need for chemicals or ammonia.
  • As for the remaining interior surfaces, most stains and smudges will come clean with hot soapy water. Simply wipe down interior doors, handles, and seats (not cloth of course) to keep them looking like new.

Do you have any other tips for keeping your car clean and green? Let us hear them in the comments!

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